The intimacy of the relationships - between blood brothers and brothers of blood - gives Massacre Gun a bit more interest and edge than its contemporaries. The jazzy setting is just stylish enough to sometimes feel avant-garde in its approach.
During the 1950's and 60's,the Japanese film company Nikkatsu,specialised in crime films."Massacre Gun"is an excellent example of this genre.Beautifully shot in widescreen black and white,with a jazzy soundtrack.Its a film about the clash between yakuza and family honour.At times the film plays like a chess game,but then bursts into violence. Done with some style,with a good cast and direction.Its a film not to miss!
Don't let the b-movie moniker fool you TOO much, (although by the end it seems to fit) this is a palpably human take on the gangster life. A trio of brothers are repulsed from the ruling mob of town, and decide to take them on by themselves...Absolutely LOVE the quasi new wave touches here, like a modern western art leitmotif, and an incredible jazzy (!!) musical score throughout. This should NOT be so hard to find!
Fascinating jazzy Japanese noir film, a field I'm entirely unfamiliar with, but one that worked incredibly well for me. Deliberate pacing, dynamic character interactions, and great cinematography. Excited to complete the double feature.
2-3. The pacing is kind of sluggish, with us having to sit through a pattern of reversals (one at a time), followed by the expected deaths for this sort of film. It's really the pulp of the action and the smoky jazz atmosphere that elevate this one, along with the brotherly ties, which lend it some emotional weight. On paper, relatively rote as a gangster film: but in execution, it boasts an inviting world to visit.
Massacre Gun is like Branded to Kill light, also starring the great puffy cheeked Shishido, playing the role as cool as a cucumber. Beautifully shot in extra w i d e B&W, w/ a great score and supporting cast. The film depicts the clash between yakuza loyalty and family honor. This one succeeds on a ample dash of style, tight direction, and good interspersing of action sequences. 4.5 stars, a minor classic.
A classy mid-60s Japanese mob film in W I D E screen black & white. And they're packing heat! Or I guess you would call it "luke-warm", since I'm guessing they're pellet guns. It takes at least 20 shots to kill any of them.
Extremely stylish Japanese crime thriller that exudes the 1960's like nobody's business. It's so "hip", man. Heh. With its cool jazz score and boxing scenes, it really doesn't even seem like a Japanese flick at times. Kind of cool and kind of odd in that way.
Fun flick with a fantastic shootout and a slick-as-hell ending. Lots of great fun along the way.
Also... Jo Shishido is THE MAN.